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Speaking of the Final Four, from the NCAA (who can borrow my copy editor any time they want): Final Four rousing success – Title-game ratings highest since UConn, Tennesee (sic) in 2004

’cause it’s never too early to start talking about next season: Baylor planning for another perfect run

’cause there are still basketball tournaments goin’ on: Bianca Cuevas of Nazareth Regional HS and Exodus AAU team serves as face of the Rose Classic basketball tournament – Tournament officially begins next week

Following in the footsteps of such players as Prince — now playing overseas — and Prahalis — likely on her way to the WNBA — Cuevas, a sophomore at Nazareth Regional HS, has taken over as the torchbearer for the Classic, one of the most popular tournaments in the country for high school and AAU teams.

Riquna “BayBay” Williams shut down all her social media accounts for the time being and is not checking any women’s basketball sites on the Internet. The WNBA Draft is April 16, and Williams, the University of Miami senior guard, would rather not know what people are saying.

She realizes there might be questions out there after the school suspended her from the first two games of the NCAA Tournament for “behavior detrimental to the team.” Neither she nor coach Katie Meier have elaborated on what happened. Williams said it doesn’t help to think or talk about the past.

She’s a WNBA champion, but did you know this: : How I Found DonorsChoose

It was 2011 and it was the lowest point in my career; I was a WNBA All-Star, an Olympic gold medalist, but ACL surgery had stolen my body. In the midst of trying to get it back, I was forced to have an emergency hysterectomy. I didn’t make the world championship team. My father was diagnosed with MS. We missed the playoffs (again). Mentally and physically, I was struggling.

It was in my exit meeting that my Minnesota Lynx coach, Cheryl Reeves, challenged me: “What do you want your legacy to be?”

Speaking of the WNBA, Nate’s letting no moss grow anywhere as he has his 2012 WNBA Draft Prospects: Natalie Novosel & Evaluating Shooting Guard Statistics <

Hoopfeed has a new podcast that might offer insight into prospects: Dishin & Swishin 4/05/12 : WNBA coaches Agler, Kloppenburg & House break down the NCAA championship game.

This headline over at Swish Appeal made me laugh: Kim Mulkey, 2012 National Champions: “Well, you know at Baylor, they used to not let the Baptists dance. I bet they’re dancing now!”  At the Final Four, I sat in front of a newbie to basketball Baylor fan. She was very cute and wonderfully enthusiastic. She was joined by a friend on Tues, who then made the comment of the tourney during a timeout when the Bayor band/cheerleaders/dance team were performing: “I never thought I’d see Baylor girls dancing like that!”

Speaking of winning and Griner and the Olympics: Lisa Leslie says Brittney Griner deserves to be on the Olympic Roster

Speaking of the Olympics, regular readers of the blog will be pleased to know this: Jo Leedham from Little Sutton gets call for Olympic training

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